Moving Checklist
12 weeks before you move, have you ….
• Chosen your mover and signed the acceptance note?
• Sorted through basement, loft and garage?
• Resolved what to do with prohibited items?
• Made proper provision for pets?
• Decided whether or not you are taking your car?
10 weeks before your move, have you ….
• Disposed of the things you don’t want to take?
8 weeks before you move, have you …
• Started to prepare your mailing list of peo
ple who need yourchange of address?
• Notified banks, savings accounts, credit card companies,
magazine subscriptions, hire purchase and rental companies?
• Started to round up passports, birth/marriage certificates and
other family documentation?
• Appli
ed for any necessary visas?
• Checked that electrical goods will work in your new home?
6 weeks before you move, have you …
• Separated favorite toys?
• Made sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date?
• Arranged for mail to be forwarded?
• Decided wheth
er or not to buy any new household goods – checktax refunds.
4 weeks before you move, have you …
• Decided which clothes travel with you?
• Started to dismantle climbing frames/garden furniture?
• Agreed an insurance value and terms with your mover?
• Ma
de arrangements of connection of services at your newhome?
• Returning library books.• Canceled milk, newspapers, subscriptions.• Found new homes for your plants.
7 days before your move, have you …
• Defrosted the refrigerator/freezer
• Planned simple meals for moving day to avoid using appliances.
• Separated luggage items you need for personal travel.
• Cleaned garden tools, bicycles and any other gardening
• Emptied the tanks of powered tools such as mowers.
• Checked you have enough
medication for at least two weeks,and ensure you have copies of any necessary prescriptions for use at destination.
• Collected travelers checks or local currency.• Arranged for someone to look after the children on moving day.
Moving Tips
Four Weeks Before the Move…
• Tour your house and decide which items should be discarded or
donated to charity. Consider a garage sale.
• Call physicians and dentists. They may recommend a colleague
near your new home.
• Get copies of renewable prescriptions.• Ar
range transfer of school records
• Check homeowner’s insurance policies to see if moving is
• Be sure your new home is protected by transferring fire, theft
and other personal-property insurance.
• Transfer personal insurance records.
Three Weeks Before the Move…
• Plan to use up most food items before the move
• Check and clear tax assessments.• Arrange to have major appliances serviced before you move
• Movers can’t take aerosols, flammables, corrosives or
ammunition. It’s best to use them up or give them away before you move. Propane tanks must be emptied as well as lawnmower fuel tanks.
Two Weeks Before the Move…
• Make your travel reservations for the trip.• Notify the Post Office and get change of address forms. Notify
magazines to which you subscribe. Note: You must fill out a change-of-address form for each person receiving mail at your address.
• Close or transfer all charge accounts.• Return library books and
other things you’ve borrowed. Collect things you’ve loaned, and items in layaway, cold storage, etc.
• Arrange to discontinue utilities and delivery services.
• Take the time to fill out the “Welcome To Your New Home” data
sheet for the new owners.
• Protect your shipment from damage by disposing of cleaning
 fluids, acids, caustic drain cleaners, etc.
One Week Before the Move…
• Transfer bank accounts, and ask your local credit bureau to
transfer your records to your new city
• Reconfirm travel reservations.
• Arrange for cable TV disconnection.• Arrange connection of utilitie
s in new home. Draw up a floorplan of your new home, and indicate placement of furnishings. It makes moving in twice as easy.
• Arrange to have cash, certified check or money order ready to
pay driver before goods are unloaded (unless your employer ispaying the charges or you’ve arranged to pay by credit card).
• Set aside maps, games, snacks, flashlight, and other items you’ll
take in your car.
• Gather medicines and important papers for the car trip.

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